Temple Baptist Church - 8-10-2016
A. Last week, we looked at this verse in the light of the context which is earnestly contending for the faith once delivered. We do not want to be “falling” or moving from our biblical position and we want to remain “faultless” in these last days by continuing to win souls, support missions, and steadfastly walk in the “old paths” that were paid for with such a high price.
B. By application, there are 2 kinds of righteousness that I want to mention:
1. The Righteousness of the Law. The self-righteousness of fallen man in his sinful state which is moral goodness or kindness.
Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Galatians 3:10-13 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. (11) But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. (12) And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. (13) Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
2. The righteousness of God which is the absolutely impeccable, immutable holiness of God which must be imputed to man for salvation as man has never and will never be able to be sinless or good enough to be saved!.
Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Romans 3:21-23 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; (22) Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: (23) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
C. One of the most misunderstood of all doctrines is the doctrine of Eternal Life and that life is found only IN Christ!
1 John 5:11-13 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. (12) He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (13) These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
Titus 3:4-7 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, (5) Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; (6) Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; (7) That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.
D. The mistake is not knowing the difference between relationship and fellowship. The Bible makes a plain distinction between the believer's position in Christ and his practice for Christ.
1. The believer’s Position is in Christ. It is instantaneous, secure, and—therefore—eternal.
2. The believer’s Fellowship is found in Practice. It depends upon our moment by moment walk with Christ. Can the believer sin? Yes! Can the believer then be lost? No! Salvation is a finished work and depends upon what Christ did and not what the believer does.
E. Let me give you a few things that the Bible says about who and what we that are saved are.
1. We have been purchased by Christ, bought by Christ, sanctified by Christ, cleansed by Christ, received by Christ, perfected in Christ, secured by Christ, and will be one day presented to Christ by Christ.
2. He took our sins, in Him is no sin, we are in His body in which is no sin, in His righteousness, and in His faith.
3. We have everlasting life, eternal life, full assurance, strong consolation, and hope. We have been forgiven, justified, sanctified, reconciled, risen with Christ.
4. We are accepted in the beloved, saved from the penalty of sin, citizens of heaven, children of light, elect, peculiar, and born again.
5. We have passed from death unto life, shall never perish, never die, have peace with God, saved from the wrath to come, cannot be separated from the love of Christ, are children of God by faith, confirmed until the end, a new creature, and sealed by the Holy Ghost until the day of redemption.
6. We are seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, made fit for heaven, complete in Him, and perfected forever. We are a part of the family of God, in the body of Christ, filled with all spiritual blessings, and shall be translated into the kingdom of His Dear Son.
7. We have access to God, eternal redemption, eternal glory, everlasting consolation, a Propitiation, an Advocate with the Father, an Intercessor, a High Priest, and a returning Lord.
8. Our sin is past, God’s wrath is gone, we have been made free, and there is now no condemnation. We are predestinated to be conformed to the image of God, are joint heirs with Christ, and have an everlasting reward. We have an incorruptible inheritance and a glorious liberty in Christ Jesus.
9. You see, we are and will be presented faultless before the throne of His presence with exceeding joy! Not because of anything that we have done but because of a finished work on Calvary. He is our Sacrifice, our Saviour, our Salvation, our Lord of lords and King of kings. His our God!
10. What a blessing to be saved and know it!